Thursday, June 02, 2011


The Tirana Declaration: Securing land access for the poor in times of intensified natural resources competition

The Tirana Declaration was issued by the organizations represented at last week’s conference on “Securing land access for the poor in times of intensified natural resource competition”, held in Tirana, Albania and organized by the International Land Coalition. It reads, in part:

We echo the assertions made in the Kathmandu, Lima and Kigali Declarations calling for land governance to better meet the needs of marginalised land users.

  • In particular, we are struck at this moment in history by the intensified and increasingly unequal competition for land, water, forests, rangelands, biodiversity and other natural resources.
  • We note that land and other natural resources are increasingly scarce and under threat due to a number of factors, including population growth, migration, changes in consumption patterns, climate change, land degradation, corruption and other forms of poor governance. Moreover, this is taking place in a context in which the control of land is increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few, while at the same time, a growing number of rural and urban poor are left with small and fragmented lands. This fosters conflict and food insecurity, and exacerbates poverty.
  • We believe that people-centred land governance is essential to address the needs of land-users and the discrimination of small-scale producers, especially women, and also indigenous peoples, pastoralists, fisher folks, users of common pool resources and holders of shifting and overlapping rights, the land poor and landless workers.

Read the whole Declaration, including commitments, by clicking here. (Spanish and French translations available.)

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